In Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, a construction crane caught fire and suffered a partial collapse, resulting in a harrowing scene. Approximately 16 tonnes of concrete and debris came tumbling down onto the streets, causing concern and alarm among residents and passersby.
New York City authorities, as per Fox News, have urged the public to steer clear of the area to ensure their safety. The incident has left at least six people injured, including two firefighters who were responding to the scene.
How it unfolded
At around 7:25 am (local time), the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) received a report of a fire in the crane’s engine compartment, situated about 45 stories high.
Detailing the sequence of events, FDNY First Deputy Fire Commissioner Joseph Pfeifer said that “As our fire units responded to the scene, we had a collapse,” he said, adding that the top part of the crane, known as the boom, along with a 16-tonnes load of concrete, came crashing down to the ground.
“At that point, we had injuries to civilians and firefighters, but they were minor,” added Pfeifer.
Harrowing videos of the incident
Videos shared on social media show the harrowing moment when the crane’s arm detaches, striking a building across the street and causing debris to rain down.
The sheer force of the impact reportedly resulted in a loud noise that startled bystanders, leading them to flee from the scene.
Reportedly, thanks to the efforts of the responders, by 9:30 am, most of the fire had been extinguished. However, around 200 first responders remain at the scene, ensuring the area is secure.
Even as the source of the fire remains unclear, officials have confirmed that the building under construction, slated to become a 54-story mixed-use building, had all the necessary permits.